Weekend Reading
The best new books for you (and the family) to sink your teeth into
Published 29 March

As we enter the cooler months and the Easter break looms, the sofa beckons and time spent indoors becomes a more attractive option. Despite our addiction to screens, nothing quite beats snuggling up and losing yourself in the pages of a good book. From intense dramas to practical guides, fantasy fiction to unexplored ingredients, there’s no limit to the worlds you’ll explore.

Ready for a dose of old-fashioned autumnal cosy time? Here are our top picks of new releases to get stuck into over the coming weeks. 

Beneath an idyllic Melbourne neighbourhood lurks deep secrets. This gripping family drama follows the lives of five women in Pleasant Court, offering a glimpse of what happens behind closed doors. When a mysterious new woman moves into the street, the close-knit community begins to unravel.

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You’ve probably heard at least one person in your life talk about this game-changing book, and once you start reading, it’s easy to see why. Financial advice columnist Scott Pape’s guide is practical and no-nonsense. Pape not only breaks down difficult financial concepts, he offers real scripts to help you confidently talk to your super-fund manager, insurance broker and bank manager to take control of your finances like a boss.

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Imagine getting a healthy, nutritious dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less. That’s exactly what this book is for. Food critic and MasterChef Australia judge Matt Preston has put together 120-plus dinner recipes designed to keep the family on their toes, including recipes for baked chicken nuggets, cottage pie, Thai beef salad, satay noodles and slow- roasted lamb shoulder rolls.

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This hilarious first instalment in Anh Do’s new series follows Nelson, a nerd who wakes up on his tenth birthday and finds out he’s the last ninja on earth. With the help of some crazy gadgets and his cousin Kenny, Nelson heads off to battle giant spiders and save the planet. 

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Set in a fictional West African kingdom, this fantasy novel follows our heroine Zélie as she embarks on bringing down the monarchy that killed her mother and suppressed her people’s magical powers. As Zélie wrestles with her own power, she must also face her growing romantic feelings for an enemy. 

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Kids will love searching for the magical unicorn in this colourful search-and-find book. Seventeen scenes, set everywhere from downtown Los Angeles to a carnival in Rio de Janeiro, are intricately illustrated in bright, cartoonish styles.

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